In a statement, the retailer said its decision was part of an effort to make the "holiday shopping experience simple, safe and stress-free" for its employees and guests amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Target says guests will still be able to take advantage of "extra-big savings without the extra-long lines" through online and in-store deals on the hot items before and after November 26. "So, kick back, relax and enjoy a long nap after you finish that last piece of Thanksgiving turkey".
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Target is joining Walmart and closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, the retail giant announced Monday. This year, as stores continually adjust their procedures in response to the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic, it's looking more and more likely many holiday-time traditions will be altered for safety purposes.
Target joins rival Walmart, which announced last week it would be closed on Thanksgiving for the first time since the late 1980s. That won't be the case in 2020, at least not on Thanksgiving Day.
Numerous deals reserved for Thanksgiving will be available earlier in October and continue through the holiday season, according to a news release.More news: Marlins' home opener canceled amid coronavirus outbreak among players, coaches
These moves are the first major indications of how COVID-19 will affect Black Friday store shopping, which for nearly a decade kicked off with big crowds on the turkey feast and expanded into Friday.
The retailer also will expand its same-day pickup and delivery, making 20,000 more products available for Drive Up, order pickup and Shipt delivery.More news: Verlander injured in Astros loss to Mariners